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Root River Report

Steelhead at Root River

The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility to give you the exact number of fish passed upstream. Depending on water conditions and number of fish in the weir, fish are usually processed on Mondays and Thursdays.

In addition, you can call our Lake Michigan Fishing Hotline at (414) 382-7920 to hear the latest fishing information for Lake Michigan and its tributaries or check out our Lake Michigan Outdoor Report

Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon don't successfully reproduce in Wisconsin streams, so DNR gives Mother Nature a hand. Watch fisheries crews collect eggs and milt from spawning fish to create the next generation of steelhead to challenge anglers on the big pond.

Root River Fishing Report for April 21, 2015

Fishing pressure has been high over this past week as warm weather and good fishing have attracted anglers to the Root River. Water level has dropped slowly over the past week, but is still considerably higher then normal. Visibility has also improved slightly, although last nights rains may have counter-acted that. The river is almost ten degrees warmer then last week, as it is currently at 56F.

For up to date river conditions, check out the USGS web site of stream flow conditions [exit DNR]  in Wisconsin.

Fishing Information

  • Above the weir: Fishing in the middle of last week proved very productive for a good number of anglers upstream of the weir. Anglers fishing early in the mourning through colonial park reported landing the occasional steelhead along with very large numbers of suckers. Although a few fish have been recorded over the course of the day, anglers have said the fishing has consistently dropped off around 10AM. With this weeks forecast looking similar to last weeks and more fish being ran through the weir today, it is likely fishing upstream will be good towards the end of this week.
  • Below the weir: Fishing downstream remained steady for the majority of the week, slowing down towards the weekend. Anglers reported the most success on bright orange or green flies, landing a mix of steelhead and suckers. Although fishing downstream of the RRSF was not as productive as fishing upstream this past week, anglers were still able to get bites consistently throughout Lincoln Park and Island Park.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

DATE: April 21 2015 RIVER TEMP: 52
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 690      
Passed Upstream 627    


Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility        
Egg Take

326,000 Chambers

328,000 Ganarska

Last revised: Tuesday April 21 2015